Answering a corresponding question of an UNIAN correspondent, Hahn said he expected the Netherlands to sign off the Association deal and that the relevant decision would be made in the first half of 2017.

Speaking about the EU visa liberalization prospects for Ukraine, the EU Commissioner said that he considered a period of two to three months a realistic assessment, adding that a positive decision would be adopted regarding both Ukraine and Georgia.

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